Tuesday, March 28, 2017

OM and Ohms

This year I helped coach an Odyssey of the Mind team so that Cort and Reid could participate.  They were on a primary team (first and second graders, judged but not scored).  Their problem was called Movin' Out and they had to make a scene that could change when the characters moved from one scene to another.  Pierce's team did a problem where they used two famous works of art and looked at them in the past and in the future. 

It was a long day and the boys' competitions were close together, so I forgot to take pictures!  I was just focused on getting people to where they needed to be, and costumes.  I only took one picture.  At one point we were walking down a hallway by a science classroom (the competition was at a high school) and Pierce stopped me, pointing to a cartoon on the door. 

"MOM!  Look!"

I confess, I stood there blinking at this cartoon for a minute, at a complete loss. 

"MOM! Don't you get it?"

Me:  blink, blink

"MOM!  Resistance is measured in ohms!  That's something I learned studying ham radio."

Me, shaking my head in dismay at my shortfalls:  "Ohhhhhh!  I get it now! That's cool, Pierce."

Pierce's team didn't place this year, and they were disappointed, but they still had a great day.  All of the other kids on Pierce's team are headed to middle school next year, so he will have a new team I guess.  Cort and Reid loved doing OM and can't wait to be on a secondary team next year.

Readers, did you know that resistance is measured in Ohms, or is it just me?

22 comments:

Linda said...

Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew this wasn't a political poster, so I let my science brain come to the front. So happy your guys like OM. My son liked it, too, but he always thought his ideas were the best. Still thinks that way, but has a great job as a project manager for a large oil company. Guess I shouldn't complain. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Sally said...

I feel at a total loss here having just crawled from my bed to the computer. However, even if I'd waited a few hours I'd still be at a loss. LOL

Your boy are smarter than I am!

xoxo

Out on the prairie said...

I tried to think of the equation we used to dictate the answer. Congrats for participating, both you and the boys!

Tom said...

...somethings go over my head too!

Jenn Jilks said...

Isn't it fun raising kids??!!

Betsy Adams said...

HA --your son is smarter than I am.. I would not have known what that cartoon was talking about.

Great competitions for the boys... Such a great education also!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I thought ohms had something to do with electricity but had no idea how resistance was measured. Pierce has a quick mind!

Karen Ann said...

.. I had no idea....

Ginny Hartzler said...

I have never heard of Odyssey Of the Mind, but it sounds pretty amazing. O.K., Piece is totally brilliant!! He has a wonderful intellectual curiosity that will help him so much in life. And he has even taught me something now.

Vera said...

Sorry, no, the ohms went over my head!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

You are going to have to exercise your mind to keep up with your boys.

Michelle said...

You have some clever young men in your house.

Linda said...

I have heard the terms and knew they were related. Pretty funny!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sorry they didn't win. That joke is way over my head :)

alissa apel said...

Sometimes Mica rattles stuff off that is smarter than something I could think of.

One thing lately was me having a headache. He said, "Mom it's probably the barometric pressure." I had to look more into it. I have thought of that before, but forgot about it.

The challenge for Odyssey of the Mind sound fun!

indah nuria Savitri said...

I don't get it either in the beginning :)...He is such a clever boy..

Ginny Hartzler said...

I just showed this to Phil. He really got a HUGE kick out of it. He did not get it, of course. But then after I told him, he remembered his days teaching small electronics. The object up in the distance is a resistor.

Harry Flashman said...

I knew that, from a long time ago. I think the stage on the stage is an old fashioned resistor, like you used to see soldered on transistor radio circuit boards.

Sounds like you are keeping very busy.

Lin said...

Um....no. So, thank you for filling me in on that! What a smart guy you have there!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Olá Lis, bela inteligência...Espectacular !
Cumprimentos

Annette said...

This totally went over my head too. I love that your son applied his knowledge from studying ham radio; your children are so smart because you expose them to so many great learning opportunities. You're one awesome mom!

mail4rosey said...

I didn't get it until you explained it. Cool that you could help so they could be on the teams. :)